Manchester United could use the current focus on Norway star Erling Haaland to sign his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho following interest last summer.
The England forward is currently on the sidelines through injury and missed the latest international break having been named as the Bundesliga player of the month for February.
Following a tricky start to the new season after links to United, Sancho has bounced back with six goals and six assists across 10 fixtures in the league.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now reiterated his stance over outgoing deals – noting that exceptional bids will always be discussed with the player and his agent.
Watzke said when asked about potential transfers for star forwards Haaland and Sancho this summer: "I'm not getting involved in probabilities, it's not good.
"Jadon Sancho has been with us much longer than Erling Haaland. We'll have to speak to Jadon too.
"If there is an exceptional offer we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always.
"Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.
"Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks."
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed less than enthusiastic when asked about the potential spending power of the biggest clubs in Europe this season.
He said in March: “It’s definitely affecting everyone in football, the pandemic.
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“Of course the lack of income, the finances that have affected everyone and it might affect us all well. We have to be realistic, we have to be responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch.
“There’s improvements on the training ground, stadium. We just have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
Before admitting: “We’re always looking to improve our squad, of course we are.”
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